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ab1The epitome of Art Nouveau building was perhaps the Palais Stoclet built by Josef Hoffman, founder of the Viennese Wiener Werkstaette, in 1906. The British Studio Magazine in 1914 published the following review with photos. It was one of the first reviews we have been able to find printed in the English language.

ab2A part of the garden (above), shows the pool with fountain and pergola, the latter paved with pure white Norwegian marble. The fountain figure is by Professor Luksch.

ab3The Hall (above), has walls and pillars of golden brown Italian marble, pedestals of dark grey Belgian marble highly polished, the floor is of marble as well. The woodwork is in Palisander wood (rosewood).

The hall and staircase is pictured below. The walls and pillars are made of golden brown Italian marble, the open spaces on the right of the staircase overlook the music room.

ab4Pictured below is the entrance vestibule where the walls are antique green relieved by copper gilt vases, and the floor is of black and white marble, the ceiling white and gold.

ab5The music room (below) has walls of Porto Venere marble and a floor of Australian teak inlaid with coral wood.

ab6Curtains and upholstery are of deep red-purple silk. The boxes on the side open up to the staircase and are provided with built in seats.

ab7Shown above, is the dining room. The walls are marble again, the wall mosaics are designed by Gustav Klimt. The table is in polished macassar wood with a marqueterie border. The chairs are of the same wood, upholstered in black leather with tooled gold details.

Below is the stunning bathroom. Would you desire anymore?

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